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Text to Speech for the Google OS, Android (Updated)

Text to Speech in Android

Version of android executed in: 1.6rc2 in Windows

TOOLS we used:

Eclipse and Android library 1.6rc2

How it works:

1. In android 1.6rc2 the text to speech library is built in called android.speech.tts, here is link for the information http://developer.android.com/reference/android/speech/tts/TextToSpeech.html

2. Here is the code

package com.android;

import java.util.Locale;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.speech.tts.TextToSpeech;
import android.speech.tts.TextToSpeech.OnInitListener;

public class TtS extends Activity implements OnInitListener{
/** Called when the activity is first created. */
private TextToSpeech mTts;


public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

Intent checkIntent = new Intent();
startActivityForResult(checkIntent, MY_DATA_CHECK_CODE);
mTts = new TextToSpeech(this,this);


public void onInit(int arg0) {
// TODO Auto-generated method stub
String myText1 = “Did you sleep well?”;
String myText2 = “I hope so, because it’s time to wake up.”;
mTts.speak(myText1, TextToSpeech.QUEUE_FLUSH, null);
mTts.speak(myText2, TextToSpeech.QUEUE_ADD, null);


3. To make it even easier you can use you can download the code and open as an existing project. Click here to download.


  1. http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2009/09/introduction-to-text-to-speech-in.html

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  3. pw says:

    Hi! I followed your tutorial but i don’t hear any voice reading.

  4. Michael Washington says:

    Send me an email and tell me everything that you did and I will help you out.

  5. pw says:

    Does android sdk 1.5 support speech? Cos it seem to b prob wif my comp. It also doesn’t wrk when i use sdk 1.1.

  6. Michael Washington says:

    The android SDK 1.5 and SDK 1.1 do not support speech by themselves. You have to use an external library for text to speech like the one I have listed.

  7. aLÄ° says:

    hi, i did everything you told above, but i am not able to hear something, i use android sdk 1.6 rc1, can it be a problem?
    Thx Michael..

  8. Send an email to me at michael.p.washington@compscistuff.com and I can help you out. This tutorial is for 1.5, what I will try to do is update this one for android 1.6 and 2.0.

  9. Petar K says:

    If you could update your code to work for 1.6 or 2.0 that would be great as I am also having trouble implementing TTS for 1.6


  10. I have put a updated text to speech article up here and I have tested out the code. It converts the Text into Speech alright. Let me know how it works out for y’all.

  11. Petar K says:

    I had to download the TTS library on the G1 but once I did the code worked which is awesome.


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